26 Ways to Know You’re Living in Paradise…

During the recent Powerball hype, a friend asked me if I won the lottery, would I move somewhere else? Sure I would! I would move anywhere…but only if you can find me a place that has…

  1. Good weather, the kind that doesn’t require a furnace or A/C to cope—just a T-shirt and a sweatshirt.
  2. Beautiful scenery…because life’s too short to live someplace ugly.
  3. Access to plenty of clean water all year round for cooking, cleaning, and drinking—because I tend to do all three year round…
  4. The proper mix of sun and rain so flowers, plants, and trees don’t just grow, but flourish. (I lived in the desert as well as the snow and cold for far too many years.)
  5. Internet access where I can read, watch, or download whatever I want or need.
  6. Decent roads (I’ve traveled in the outback of Kenya…)
  7. Fresh fruits and vegetables available year round—full of flavor, not chemicals— because I tend to eat year round.
  8. Airports, so I can leave when I need to and, more importantly, come back when I want to.
  9. A healthy environment because I don’t want to live in a place where I’ll need the most expensive health care in the world.
  10. Friendly people who view their life as a privilege, not a right—and live accordingly.
  11. A government that minds its business…so I can get on with mine.
  12. Decent public transportation, even in rural areas, because sometimes the burro (donkey) is in the shop.
  13. A teeny-tiny police force because that’s all that’s required.
  14. Peace and quiet.
  15. A news media that doesn’t think the Kardashians are news.
  16. Clean, crisp air so the sky really is blue during the day, and at night, I can see all the stars I remember as a kid.
  17. Good food… because I like to cook and bake.
  18. Good restaurants… because I don’t always like to cook and bake.
  19. Lots of holidays—because, well, why not?
  20. An appalling lack of mosquitos because I’ve lived in Wisconsin.
  21. A low-stress environment. I’m a firm believer that stress causes bridges, buildings, and especially people to fail at their weakest point.
  22. Airports where I can go through security with a full bottle of water and my dignity.
  23. Adequate health care because you just never know, somebody I care about might need it one day.
  24. Low property taxes because I don’t like paying for my house…twice.
  25. A lot of chickens because when you have chickens around, you’re already halfway to a laugh.
  26. People with a “you only go around once” attitude to life. “I wish I had spent more time at work” were never anyone’s dying words.

So, show me a place where I can have all that and I am there…Oh, wait, I’m already there.

To answer my friend’s question—if I won the lottery, would I move somewhere else? No. Because living in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, it feels like I already won the lottery.

It’s a special place, one that can’t be explained, only experienced.

What I can tell you is that whatever it is that makes Vilcabamba special, you can’t wait to get up each morning. Our rooster will back me up on that.

Editor’s Note: John Curran has really hit the jackpot with Ecuador… Good food, healthy living and an incredibly low cost of living meant John was able to retire to Ecuador at just 44… Learn more about Ecuador and other countries in IL’s daily postcard e-letter. Sign up for these free daily postcards here and we’ll send you a FREE REPORT – Ecuador: Live Like Royalty on Your Social Security.


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